Forward: 34 Prime cattle comprising 17 Clean Cattle (under 30 mos), 1 Clean Cattle (over 30 mos) & 16 Cast Cattle. 3,822 Prime Sheep comprising 3595 Prime Hoggs, 227 Cast Ewes & Rams. 65 Rearing Calves. 11 Dairy. 43 Breeding Sheep. 1 Loads of produce.

Prime Cattle (under 30 mos)

George Cropper from Baxenden was amongst the high prices securing the top price overall at 254.5p, or £1488, a 585kg Limousin cross heifer bought from Mesrs CD&RF Kitching of Threshfield and the top price per kg steer a 550kg British Blue cross at 245.5p or £1350 from RT&J Critchley&Sons of Hutton. Robertshaws Farm Shop put together an exceptional pen of 4 cattle for their Thornton shop including the second top gross a 590kg LImousin cross heifer from CD&RF Kitching which made £1435 or 243.5p/kg.

Barkers Yorkshire Butchers who supply high quality meat and cutting from their Skipton plant also got in on the act with 3 purchases including the top gross steer a 600kg British Blue cross from Mesrs Kitching at £1419 or 236.5p/kg.


465-560kg                                             to 245.5p/kg

560kg+                                                   to 240.5p/kg                        av. 206.44p/kg


480kg+                                                   to 254.5p/kg                        av. 232.53p/kg

Top Prices £ per head and p/kg


£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (BBx) 1419, (Limx) 1365, RT&J Crichley&Sons (Limx) 1407,(BBx) 1358

p/kg: RT&J Critchley&sons (BBx) 245.5,240.5, (Limx) 234.5, CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 239.5, (BBx) 236.5,


£ per head: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 1488,1425, 1407, (BBx) 1437, BL&R Lund (Limx) 1378, SD Bennett (Limx) 1348

p/kg: CD&RF Kitching (Limx) 254.5, (BBx) 243.5, (Limx) 241.5,236.5, SD Bennett (Limx) 234.5,229.5


Prime cattle (over 30 mos)

Overall Average                                   av.134.5p/kg                        £914.60

Top prices £ per head and p/kg

£ per head: M&R Smith (B&W Hfr) 915

p/kg: M&R Smith (B&W Hfr) 134.5



Cull Cow Prices

A light show of cast cattle due to adverse weather and a scarcity of cattle carrying finish. Only a couple of cows at the better end of the dairies which were into the late teens per kg and the plain cattle were very well sold.

Overall Average                                   99.15p/kg                             £632.89

Black & White                      to 117.5p/kg                        av. 98.41p/kg

BBx                                         to 110.5p/kg

Top Prices (£ per head or p/kg)


£ per head: CJ&DD Drake 863,693, JD Taylor&Son 775, WA Brown 707, N&SA Fort 692, D&J Herd 689

p/kg: CJ&DD Drake 117.5,107.5, PJ&JE Bolland 113.5, N&SA Fort 112.5, WA Brown 110.5,

Brit Blue:

£ per head: J&ME Carr 646

p/kg: J&ME Carr 110.5



Overall Average                                   82.5p/kg                               £618.75


£ per head: WA Brown 619

p/kg: WA Brown 82.5


Prime Sheep

The weather had no effect on the entry today with 3595 lambs forward for sale and a sharp trade ensued with prices very similar on the week and an overall selling average of 243p/kg across the board.
Heavy Lambs were keenly contested, best end £130 to £145, topping at £160 or 320p/kg for a 50kg Texels from Hayley Baines selling to Anthony Swales for his butchers shop in York, who also bought a pen of 50kg at £150 from the same vendor. EP&JM Hutchinson made £156 and £147 of 48kg Beltex, this time to Hartshead Meat Co. John Midgley of Luddendenfoot made £156 of 56kg Beltex. RL&AR Phillips topped at £145 with 53kg Beltex.
Joanne Andrew from Easingwold topped the sale at 357p with 47kg Beltex’s making £157 per head purchased by Vivers Scotlamb. Hayley Baines made 351.2p on two occasions selling 41kg Beltex both times making £144. John Midgley made 347p with 34kg Beltex at £118. A total of 39 pens of lambs sold for in excess of 300p/kg and 54 pens made £130 or more.

Handyweight sheep were a very similar trade on the week, 240p to 270p a regular price range for commercial and nice skinned lowland bred lambs.
Hill bred lambs were a decent trade again, better end of Mule and Masham 225p to 235p and to £120 per head, Swale/Dalesbred either side of 200p, Scotch Blackfaced 220p/230p topping at 232p form Bob Stubbs, Cheshire, whilst good Cheviots sold to 292p from Tony Kiernan, Preston.

Prime Hoggs – Overall Average £106.49 per head or 243.2p/kg            

25.5kg to 32.0kg to 271.9p/kg         av 204.1p/kg         or £63.09 per head

32.1kg to 35.9kg to 347.1p/kg         av 239.8p/kg         or £81.76 per head

36.0kg to 45.5kg to 356.8p/kg         av 248.4p/kg         or £103.52 per head

45.6kg to 52.0kg to 320.0p/kg         av 235.5p/kg         or £113.09 per head

52.1kg and over   to 278.6p/kg         av 226.9p/kg         or £123.51 per head


Beltex average £117.49 per head or 284.2p/kg

£ per head: £160 £150 £144 H Baines, £157 JM Andrews, £156 A&G Midgley, £147 £138(x2) EP&JM Hutchinson, £145 RL&AR Phillips, £144 JE Burrow, £141 DA Wilcock

p/kg: 356.8p JM Abndrews, 351.2p(x2) H Baines, 347.1p A&G Midgley, 330p 325p 324p 320p PW Simpson 327p HB Atkinson

Suffolk average £107.85 per head or 238.5p/kg

£ per head: £120 PC Longdin £120 H Downs & Son, £117 SP Woolhouse & Son, £116 Bob Lancaster, £115 N Morphet

p/kg: 244.9p H Downs & Son, 244.4p 242.4p Bob Lancaster, 242.2p AC Simpson, 242.2p N Morphet.

Texel average £108.88 per head or 244.1p/kg

£ per head: £156 EP&JM Hutchinson, £141 JM Andrews, £140 K Marshall, £139.50 £138 H Downs & Son, £139(x2) £138 £136 I Marsden

p/kg: 327.0p 322.5p 318.2p K Marshall, 321.4p A&G Midgley, 314.3p W&J Parkinson, 310p PW Simpson 300p Hill & Wright,

Mule average £98.77 per head or 224.4p/kg

£ per head: £121 £115 EP&JM Hutchinson, £117.50 £116 £111 RG Church, £108.50 £107.50 £107 N&J&S Taylor, £108 H Downs & Son,

p/kg: 232.6p CD&RF Kitching, 228.9 226.0p N&J&S Taylor, 227.4p 226.2p(x2) SR Dorey, 227.2p PL Metcalfe, 226.6p H Downs & Son, 226.1p J Schofield.

Masham average £98.77 per head or 230.7p/kg

£ per head: £98.50(x2) SR Dorey £89 RG Church

p/kg: 234.5p 229.1p SR Dorey, 211.9p RG Church

Charollais average £92.23 per head or 228.5p/kg

£ per head: £127.50 AC Simpson, £120 £115 PC Longdin, £119 £113 F Webster,

p/kg: 265.5p AC Simpson, 250.0p P Longdin, 238p 235p F Webster, 235p SR Dorey 233p H Barker

Swaledale average £84.17 per head or 195.5p/kg

£ per head: £96.50 PL Metcalfe, £94 N&J&S Taylor, £88 SR Dorey

p/kg: 225.6p SR Dorey, 214.4p PL Metcalfe

Cheviot average £114.88 per head or 252.9p/kg

£ per head: £124 AC Simpson, £123 £113.50 T Kiernan.

p/kg: 292.9p 254.7p 246.7p T Kiernan 240.2p AC Simpson

SBF average £87.78 per head or 220.8p/kg

£ per head: £96(x2) N&J&S Taylor, £95 £90.50 Bob Stubbs

p/kg: 232.1p Bob Stubbs, 223p(x2) N&J&S Taylor



Cull Ewes average £106.42

Ewes were an unbelievable trade today, recording an overall selling average of £106.42 per head, strong Texel cross ewes in the £130’s and £140’s tops at £147.50 from FC Wade & Son of Otley. Best Mules from £115 to a top of £130.50 from JC Crabtree & Son, Bolton Abbey, the same home selling horned ewes to £76.50. Strong rams in the £130’s and £140’s.


Texel to £147.50, BFL to £135.50, Mule to £130.50, Lleyn to £102.50, Swaledale to £76.50, Jacob to £68.50, Zwartbles to £93.50, Cheviot to £92.50, Beltex to £109.50,

Top prices:

Lowland: £147.50                FC Wade&Son

Mule/Masham: £ 130.50   JC Crabtree&Son

Horned: £76.50                    JC Crabtree7Son

Hill: £102.50                         H.Downs&Son     

Cast Rams average £103.50

Texel to £143.50, BFL to £139.50, Swaledale to £64.50, Zwartbles to £83.50, Jacob to £70.50,



43 Head of Breeding Sheep

Another tidy early season entry of sheep and lambs finding a solid local buyer base and prices for twins form £200 to £260, RJ Umpleby topping with twins at £260 £240 £230 and £220. J Hitchen Luddendenfoot at £250 and £240. Singles from £140 to £160. Entries please for next weeks sale to the office by Friday, 14 outfits from one farm already entered and 10 outfits from another farm. Thankyou.



Rearing Calves to £350 (65)

Calves dearer as the sale went on as some buyers found it hard to get in on time with slow traffic, but they were met with a cracking show on offer with mainly local farmers looking to buy a few for the sheds. Blue sold well, with best bulls keenly sought, and heifers £240/£260 regualr away. Lim Bulls regularly either side of £300 and heifers £250/£280, angus heofers £140/£180 and Bulls slightly dearer.

Bull Calves

Limousin x (Av £310) to £340                           G Pickersgill                          

Brit Blue x (Av £259) to £350                           RM Spence                                                           

Aberdeen Angus (Av £160) to £170 RE Ayrton

Flekvieh (Av £136) to £150                               C Watson

Black & White (Av £38) to £95                         RE Ayrton                             


Heifer Calves       

Ab Angus (Av £157) to £185                             FJ&R Coar                                                            

British Blue (Av £218) to £265                         JP&KE Hartley

Limousin (Av £267) to £270                              G Pickersgill



Craven Dairy Auction

11 Dairy

A great show of dairies today and a very level trade throughout. Judging today was in the hands of Alan Middleton of Bolton Abbey, and he awarded the championship to regular supporter Robin Jennings of South Stainley. This commercial heifer, calved 8 days giving 32 litres sold away at £1980. HS Petch & Son of Middlesborough took second prize on the day with their Pedigree heifer, calved 9 days, on 32 litres it topped the sale at £2450, with another form the same home at £1950. First time vendor John Thompson of Bishop Auckland sold a couple of nice heifers at £1880 and £1800, with £1880 matched by a heifer from HJ &KL Blackwell & Son of Gargrave.

Buyers from a wide area today looking for milk, and more are needed please, contact Sarah Liddle or Ted Ogden to book cattle in for the next sale in two weeks time. Thankyou.


Heifers -                 1st GB Jennings     2nd HS Petch         3rd J Thompson


Pedigree Heifers                 to £2450 av £1701

Commercial Heifers            to £1980 av £1770


Prices - £2450 £1950 HS Petch; £1980 GB Jennings; £1880 £1800 G Thompson; £1880 HJ&KL Blackwell;



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